Bio

Adjunct Associate Professor, Liberal Arts; Coordinator, Academic Access Program (1992). BA, 1985 Northwestern University; MFA in Writing 2001, SAIC.  Journal Publications (poetry): Blast Furnace (online); Full Circle; Luna; Denver Quarterly; New Millennium Writings; TriQuarterly; Southwest Review; Greensboro Review; The American ScholarExhibitions (printmaking and drawing): Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University; Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, MA. Awards: Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry.


Personal Statement

Robert Henri, artist, teacher, and author of the The Art Spirit, stated in an address to students: "I have little interest in teaching you what I know. I wish to stimulate you to tell me what you know." Henri's words, with a bit of variation and elaboration, reflect my goals both as a teacher and as the administrator of SAIC's Academic Access Program: to motivate students to discover what they know and to guide them toward the recognition and realization of their own intellectual potential. I desire students to learn to ask good questions rather than seek right answers, to embrace, rather than turn away from, complication and complexity, and to have patience with not knowing, since it is the place from which knowing begins.


Current Interests

Transition, metamorphosis, and transference; engendered by loss; essential to becoming: how "we dive and reappear in new places," as Emerson noted in his Journals in 1847, have been central themes in my art making for many years. My poetry explores recovery, what can at once be salvaged and reburied, revealed and concealed, while my recent intaglio and relief work investigates the presence of absence and the re-moving potential of removal. My poetry takes as subject the mythological and topographical; my woodcuts and etchings tend to the abstract but retain references to earth and sky, above and below, formations that bespeak deformations and landscapes that embody change.

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.